Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something
Rice is seed and a type of cereal coming from two sister plants Oryza sativa (Asia) and Oryza glamberrima (Africa). It is one of the main characters in the daily diet in half of the world, in continents like Asia, South and Central America.
Very short history
Rice as we know (in its version long and short) came from Asia to Europe thanks to the Persians. In the 8th century, it arrived in Spain and later in Sicily. During the 16th and 17th century rice was introduced in America by Spanish and Portuguese and from then exploited in the continent.
Kinds of Rice
Rice has more than 10000 different varieties and they can be categorized into two subspecies of Oryza sativa:
- Indica, long in shape and with a high quantity of amylose starch.
- Japonica, shorter in shape, stickier rice with less quantity of amylose starch.
In supermarkets, it easy to find these types of rice
|Type||Starch||Additional Info||Proportion water to rice when cooking||Country of Origin\/Uses|
|Long-grain||High amylose (~22%)||1.4 to 1 by volume||China and India|
|Medium-grain||Medium amylose (~15-17%)||1.2 to 1 by volume||Spanish Paella, Italian Risotto|
|Short-grain||Medium amylose (~15-17%)||1 to 1 by volume||North China, Japan and Korea|
|Sticky rice||Amylopectin||0.8 to 1 by volume||Laos and North Thailand|
|Aromatic||Same as long\/medium grain.||Pakistan and India|
|Pigmented||Same as long\/medium grain||Rice with bran layers rich in pigments|
|Brown rice||Same as its original||Rice with its bran, germ, and aleurone layers intact.|
|Parboiled||Same as its original||Rice that has been precooked. Its starch is hardened, making it less sticky when being cooked again. Nutty flavour||India and Pakstan|
How to cook it
Why do we need so much water?
 H. McGee (2004) On Food and Cooking: The Science and lore of the Kitchen, Scribner.
 Video how to cook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68PPJuFgnUw
 Explanation about water ratios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJFU7ezipbg
 Photo by Patrick Craig on Unsplash